Letter: Don't want another Revolutionary War, enforce the constitution, he says
TO THE EDITOR: Prior to being marginalized by the Republican Party, the Tea Party raised awareness about issues essential to the maintenance of a strong union--in particular, the rule of law.
A pocket constitution was the weapon of choice to combat common ignorance about history, individual rights and limited government.
I watched the "CBS Sunday Morning" program on Jan. 27 and wasn't surprised when a commentator made a sensible sounding proposal to get rid of the constitution. Most arguments to rid ourselves of that government-restraining document include the fact it was written so long ago, by men who could not have anticipated our challenges today. Besides, most of them owned slaves at some point, which makes them racists.
If we allow the government unchecked rule, without a law to govern itself, what chance do we have to retain our liberty? If there's any portion of the constitution that's out-of-date, racist, unfair or undesirable in any way, the genius of the founders provided a way to change it. The legal method is called a "constitutional amendment convention" agreed to by two-thirds of the states.
There's an all-out-assault on the constitution. Recently, our president, a "constitutional scholar," was found guilty of violating constitutional principles by skirting congressional approval of his NLRB appointees. Did you hear the indignant outcry? (Play cricket sound here.) How many more could he be found guilty of breaking?
County sheriffs from around the country are making public statements of promise to protect citizens' second amendment rights. A Milwaukee County Sheriff is telling citizens to arm themselves. In defiance of perceived federal tyranny, the public is buying firearms at unprecedented rates. How does this end well?
I wish critical thought was still in style. Instead, emotions rule the day. You don't want another revolutionary war. We need to enforce the constitution.